Be it a brunch date with your girlfriends or a solo outing to the seaside, a hint of mascara on the lashes is all it takes to elevate your look. A sleek li’l tube carrying an intensely-pigmented formulation, instantly grants unparalleled definition and depth to the eyes. On most days, a single coat with a nuanced movement of the wand does the trick — curling, lengthening and volumising with a full 360-degree coverage. And since several expectations are perched on this slender tube, you ought to invest in the best product in the market. One that doesn’t run with sweat, stays put for prolonged hours and gives lush lashes for days. On that note, we have 10 great options to pick from across price points and makes. Scroll further for the cheat sheet to the best mascaras on Nykaa.
1. Best Drugstore Offering-Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara Black
Price: INR 549
What We Love : Fan coverage
Lash sensational and how! This Maybelline Water-proof mascara stays put for hours, come rain or shine. The wand ensures a gorgeous effect— its inner bristles adeptly volumise and separate every lash. The outer bristles sweep the entirety of the lash length into a fan formation. The ultra-black formulation ensures that your lashes retain the shape for a prolonged period without budging. This drugstore offering is one of the best-selling lash essentials on Nykaa, deemed a perfect fit for the season.
2. Best Splurge-Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Travel Size - Waterproof Black
Price: INR 1250
What We Love : Available in a travel mini-size
Creating lash magic for as long as a decade, the iconic Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara promises colour consistency and high performance with a boatload of drama. The intensely-pigmented formula covers every lash from the root to the tip, owing to the unique hourglass shape of the wand. The offering, trusted by experts and artists traversing continents, lifts, volumises and curls! So what are you waiting for? Get voluptuous lashes with a single swipe. Oh, and the best part— the formula is enriched with flower extracts and collagen for intense moisturisation of the lashes.
3. Fave Vegan Pick-Nykaa Black Magic Waterproof & Smudgeproof Mascara - Extreme Black
Price: INR 449
What We Love : Vegan and cruelty-free
The infallible formulation by Nykaa Black Magic guarantees fluttery lashes in a split second without weighing them down. The formula grants mega volume, maximum length and intense definition, thanks to the closely bristled brush on the wand. The jet-black concoction is ideal for long-wear and glides on smoothly. Unlike many other offerings, this mascara doesn’t cling to the bristles in an icky, congealed mass. A must-have for the weather, as it doesn’t bleed due to excessive heat or rain spells.
4. Best Long-lasting Offering -Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara - 01 Excessive Black
Price: INR 1550
What We Love : doll lashes in under a minute
Are you chasing after extensive coverage with a single swipe and no more? Turn to the Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara. The formulation contains black pigments that build a stunning gaze with the aid of a curvaceous wand- in the shape of the alphabet S. The exquisitely creamy mascara glides on without friction, coats and unveils perfectly separated lashes. Get your hands on this hypnotic, humidity-proof and long-lasting offering. To further increase the longevity of the pigments, we recommend a single coat of lash primer of your choice.
5. Best Hybrid Offering-L'Oreal Paris Air Volume Mascara- Black
Price: INR 999
What We Love : exponential volume increase with every swipe
Whipped to perfection, the airy formula by L'oreal Paris is what dreams are made of. The concoction sits in a slender blue tube, which you would appreciate if you geek out on aesthetics as we do. The water-proof formula delivers jaw-dropping, high-impact volume with the movement of the bristles along your lashes. This mascara is infused with sunflower oil and wax which helps ensure plump-looking, fuller lashes with a soft, natural-ish curl. Also featured in the blend is avocado oil, which boosts blood circulation in hair follicles. Results? Shiny and healthy lashes!
6. Best Budget Buy-L.A. Colors Waterproof Mascara - Black
Price: INR 399
What We Love : Lashes on fleek
The LA Colours Mascara can withstand extreme weather conditions and doesn’t run with the rain or humidity. It has been formulated to maximise, lengthen and thicken each lash without clumping. The offering forgoes animal testing and is super affordable. Get insane volume that creates the illusion of faux extensions!
7. Best Rated On Nykaa-M.A.C Stack Waterproof Mascara
Price: INR 2800
What We Love : Gravity Defying Lashes
Continuously buildable and clump resistant— the M.A.C Stack Waterproof Mascara is one of the best-rated offerings on Nykaa. It helps you unlock a new degree of volume by stacking one layer after the other of the formulation. Water-repelling and long-lasting, this potent mascara gives your lashes a fluttery lift with soft coils. Out of the spectrum of consumers, a whopping 96% testified to the formula's longevity. And over 93% of the folks corroborated the product’s claim for instantaneous volume.
8. Best Conscious Mascara-KIRO Botanico Super Shield Mascara - Carbon Black
Price: INR 950
What We Love : Cherry oil and avocado oil for better colour pay-off and lash strengthening. Calendula oil for lash growth
Conscious at Nykaa is committed to bringing you ethically-sourced, clean formulations to further the cause of sustainable beauty. One such stellar product from the aforementioned store is the Kiro Mascara. Crafted with 99% natural ingredients, Kiro Botanical gives your lashes an intense colour and a lift, steering clear of concerns like breakage, thanks to PCA glyceryl oleate in the blend. The hourglass brush, carrying the densely packed bristles, ensures a 360, top-to-tail sweep which reveals separated lashes. Non-clumpy and non-flaky, the offering has been tested by ophthalmologists and touted as a kinder alternative.
9. Best Coverage-Max Factor X False Lash Epic Waterproof Mascara - Black
Price: INR 940
What We Love : Bigger and bolder lashes
The Max Factor X False Lash ensures XL lashes in just one sweep, from the roots to the tips. It magnifies and intensifies every lash, curling along the way with the aid of the flexible applicator. The wand's tip diffuses clumping, further facilitating the formula to glide on easy-breezy. What we love is the gold tube containing the iconic formulation.
10. Best Curling Mascara-Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara - Black
Price: INR 475
What We Love : Grants soft curls
Want intensely curled lashes? Turn to the humble yet super-effective- Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara! A swift sweep with the wand on the underside ensures an instantaneous lift. The mascara has a formidable hold that feels comfy on application. Water-proof, clump-resistant and smear-proof, at INR 475 apiece, the mascara promises value for money.